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Teaching remotely

‌Planning for remote teaching delivery

To assist faculty in their design, development, and delivery of learning material and activities online in myClass (Blackboard), the Teaching and Learning Centre has developed an Online Teaching Fundamentals interactive guide as well as online course development guidelines.

Online Teaching Fundamentals guide

Online course development guidelines

Blackboard video tutorials

Learn how to leverage Blackboard tools to create engaging online courses and activities. Whether you are brand new to Blackboard, or just need a refresher, you can access over 70 short video tutorials that will demonstrate how to use the different features of Blackboard.

Blackboard video tutorials

Not sure how to log in? Check out the tutorial on how to access UFV myClass (Blackboard). For login and Blackboard support please contact the IT Service Desk directly. 

Workshops and courses

If you need support in developing or adapting courses to remote delivery, TLC offers an ongoing series of Online Teaching Fundamentals MicroCourses. These courses introduce the essential Blackboard tools with a primary focus on the pedagogy behind the tools. You can also register for tech tool workshops such as PeerScholar, Padlet, Zoom, and Wevu to name a few.

Find a workshop

Checklist for teaching remotely

When teaching online, consider the following teaching approaches and remote options.

Lectures

  • Record and post a video of your lecture using Kaltura Media
  • Host a live online class using Collaborate Ultra
  • Upload content to your myClass (Blackboard) course
  • Annotate or narrate lecture notes using voice-over in PowerPoint
  • Link to existing online content (including Open Education Resources, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Pearson’s MyLab & Mastering, and others)
  • Use the myClass (Blackboard) Discussions tool for class discussions

Tech tip: If you plan on teaching synchronously through web conferencing (TLC supports Blackboard Collaborate), avoid delivering three-hour lectures online. Instead, break lectures into 20-minute blocks with time to write notes, read, reflect or discuss with others. It’s difficult to sit through an online presentation (or deliver one) for lengthy periods of time.

Hands-on activities (e.g., labs, tutorials, seminars, field trips, design labs)

  • Provide raw data for virtual data analysis
  • Post online simulations, collections or demonstrations for discussion, critique, analysis
  • Provide external media files or links for virtual analysis
  • Have students submit video or digital recording of their presentations or performances using Kaltura Media

Group projects and group work

  • Break large classes into smaller online groups using myClass (Blackboard)
  • Use Office 365 for student collaboration, if available
  • Provide options for students to meet virtually (e.g. Collaborate Ultra)
  • Student video recording or digital sharing of projects/performances
  • Structure peer feedback using the Discussions on myClass (Blackboard)

Communications

  • Contact your students through the myClass (Blackboard) Course Message
  • Post announcements for all students in myClass (Blackboard)
  • Update your course outline, email it to your students, and upload it to your myClass (Blackboard) course site
  • Hold virtual office hours using Collaborate Ultra
  • Create a FAQ in the myClass (Blackboard) Discussions Board

Assessments and assessment options

  • Use the myClass (Blackboard) Test tool
  • Explore online assessments such as group projects, reflective writing, written or photo essays, research reports, critiques, simulations, scenarios or case studies presentations, Portfolios, Wikis
  • Have students upload documents for grading using the myClass (Blackboard) Assignment tool
  • Set up the Grades Center in your myClass (Blackboard) course site, and connect items to assignments
  • Have students submit video or digital recordings of their performances, presentations, or projects utilizing Kaltura Media
  • Add a rubric to your assignments to help grade quickly
  • Provide digital (audio, video, or written) feedback on student assignments
Robin Kleiv

The Teaching and Learning Centre has been an invaluable resource for me. After reaching out to express my interest in pursuing research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), I was put into contact with Dr. Mary Saudelli. Together we developed a research project and a successful grant application. We are now working on this project with strong support from Teaching and Learning. I am keen to broaden my research in SOTL with the assistance of the Teaching and Learning Centre. Moreover, TLC continually inspires me as I work to hone my skills as an educator.

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